Pyrocumulonimbus Plume from Fires in Minnesota
A large cumulus cloud settled over the Pagami Creek fire in Minnesota, 14 miles east of the city of Ely. Many campsites and roads near the cloud are closed due to the 100,000 acre-wide fire, according to the U.S. Forest Service Incident Information System. Pyrocumulonimbus plumes are wildfire-related clouds with great similarities to thunderstorms and certain volcanic eruptions. NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Terra satellite captured the plume on September 12, 2011 at 17:05 UTC (11:05 a.m. MDT). Heavy smoke conditions and winds have caused the smoke to spread, as the fire grows. NASA image courtesy the MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA Goddard. Caption by Melissa Quijada.
Mediatype imageSource http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/usa/20110912-minn.htmlLicenseurl http://www.nasaimages.org/Terms.htmlDate 2011-09-14Identifier 586614main_20110912-minnesota-origAddeddate 2012-01-26 19:35:05Publicdate 2012-01-26 19:35:21Backup_location ia903708_4